What’s Driving the Recovery In Biotechnology ETFs?
Summary of Q1 2018 ETF Flows and Trends¹

  • Total US-listed ETF Assets reached $3.45 trillion at the end of Q1 2018, a 22.9% year-over-year increase.  Total estimated net asset flows in Q1 2018 totaled $66 billion, a 50% drop from the prior quarter, marking the slowest quarter for total estimated net inflows since Q2 of 2016.
  • International Equity ETFs received the strongest estimated net inflows in Q1 2018, totaling $33 billion, only slightly less than the prior quarter.  Year-over-year, International Equity ETF assets increased by over 43%.
  • Taxable Bond ETFs received the second highest estimated net inflows with $15 billion, bringing the category's year-over-year increase in total assets to 20%.
  • Sector Equity ETFs received $10 billion in estimated net inflows, increasing year-over-year assets by 14%, while the broader US Equity ETFs category received $1.3 billion in estimated net inflows, increasing year-over-year assets by 19%.
  • Commodities ETFs and Alternatives ETFs, which received $2.5 billion and $3.1 billion in estimated net inflows, respectively, were the only two categories that had greater estimated net inflows in Q1 2018 than the prior quarter.

¹ Source: Morningstar, as of 3/31/18. Includes all US-listed exchange-traded funds, exchange-traded notes and other exchange-traded products. All net inflow and outflow numbers are estimates based on information provided by Morningstar.

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Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

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